Respects paid on Armistice Day around Wales

The two-minute silence was marked in Wrexham, Aberystwyth, Swansea and at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay

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Thousands of people have paid tribute to those who have died in battles since World War One as part of the Armistice commemorations in Wales.

At 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, thousands fell silent for two minutes, 95 years after the guns fell silent along the Western Front.

Military bases, town halls and schools were among those taking part.

Assembly Presiding Officer Rosemary Butler AM led the silence from the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.

In spite of the rain, thousands stood in city and town centre memorials around the Wales.

In Wrexham, a lone bugler played the Last Post followed by an air raid siren to start the tributes.

Wrexham stands in silent tribute

In Wrexham, hundreds of people gathered in the town centre to mark the two minutes silence but the number of veterans had diminished markedly this year, according to ex-Royal Marine and Burma Star veteran Herbert Pritchard, 88.

"There's not a lot of us left," he said. "But the crowd turn out was good and even better yesterday for the remembrance service."

Monday's event was even more poignant because Wrexham's 200 year connection with Welsh regimental soldiers comes to an end next week when the 70-strong members of A Company 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh pull out of Hightown barracks in the town.

The reservists will join the Welsh Transport Regiment at nearby Queeensferry, in Flintshire, as part of the Army 2020 shake-up plan, although the 3rd Battalion will continue at its other Welsh bases at Swansea, Pontypridd and Colwyn Bay.

A bugler played and the nearby market came to a standstill. An air raid siren sounded throughout the two minutes and the crowd gave a long applause when the event drew to a close.

Meanwhile at Swansea, people gathered at a memorial to merchant seamen and fishermen led by Canon Keith Evans in the main shopping area. They watched sombre commemorations on a large screen.

Cardiff council laid wreaths at a staff memorial at City Hall as a tribute to former workers who lost their lives in battle.

A two-minute silence was also marked across all council buildings and in cities, towns and villages across the country.

Welsh Secretary David Jones struck a £5 Remembrance Day coin at the Royal Mint, Llantrisant, near Cardiff.

The minister took part in a remembrance service at the Royal Mint, which has been at the heart of manufacturing medals for veterans since they were first awarded to individual servicemen following the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

"The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day," Mr Jones said.

"The Remembrance Day coin is also a fitting tribute to those who have given their lives in the service of our country, and our gratitude to our servicemen and women who continue to protect our way of life both at home and overseas."

The commemorations had followed services and parades which had taken place around Wales on Remembrance Sunday with a national event at Cardiff's Welsh National War Memorial.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said the relevance of the remembrance tradition remained "undiminished" with British troops on duty around the world.

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